Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

Birthday: 31 October 1958

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Master’s of Divinity – Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Licentiate in Canon Law – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 1 June 1985
Episcopate: 28 November 2012
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Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On January 14, 2019, Bishop Strickland tweeted, “Once again as a bishop of the Church I add my voice to the plea of Archbishop Vigano. He speaks of ETERNAL SALVATION, language seldom heard throughout this nightmare. In New Letter, Archbishop Viganò Calls on McCarrick to Publicly Repent.” Strickland then provided a link to a letter released by Archbishop Vigano. (Twitter)
  • On September 19, 2018, Bishop Strickland tweeted that he “prays” Theodore McCarrick will publicly confess his sins for the “sake of his immortal soul” and for “the sake of the Bride of Christ, the Catholic Church.” (Bishop Strickland)
  • On September 8, Bishop Strickland became the third U.S. Bishop to call for a cancelation of the 2018 Youth Synod in Rome. In a tweet, Strickland called for synod to be “replaced with an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to deal with the abuse crisis in the Church. This crisis must be addressed!!! NO to business as usual” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland was one of the first bishops in the United States to strongly support Archbishop Vigano. “Let us be clear that they are still allegations but as your shepherd I find them to be credible,” he said. “Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation.” I “do not have the authority to launch such an investigation,” Bishop Strickland continued, “but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.” (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • Bishop Strickland wrote an in-depth, lengthy statement explaining and strongly defending Church teaching on marriage after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2015. Strickland said the ruling was “unjust.” He called on homosexuals to live chaste lives and banned clergy and employees of the diocese from participating in any way in same-sex ceremonies. (Diocese of Tyler)
  • Bishop Strickland told Catholics in his diocese that “the solemnizing” of homosexual relationships is intrinsically immoral, and that there are no grounds for considering gay “unions” to be “in any way similar to God’s plan for marriage and the family.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • On January 25, 2019, Bishop Strickland tweeted, “Woe to those who ignore the sanctity of life, they reap the whirlwind of Hell,” in response to the state of New York passing a bill that allows abortion up until birth. He also retweeted Bishop Rick Stika’s call for excommunicating those who voted for and signed the bill into law. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Strickland issued a statement in February of 2018 defending what he called the “primary importance” of protecting human life from conception until natural death in the United States. Strickland quoted St. John Paul II and the Catechism, and urged every adult Catholic to “vigorously defend life” in the public square and in the voting booth. (Diocese of Tyler)
  • On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2018, Strickland tweeted: “let us recognize that the evil road to abortion on demand begins with contraception on demand….both ignore the will of God and deify the will of man and thus promote a culture of death.” (Twitter)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Bishop Strickland praised Humanae Vitae and urged married couples to reject contraception – which he said was intrinsically evil – and be open to life during a sermon he gave on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in 2018. He also said Catholics who use artificial methods of contraception should not receive Holy Communion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • On June 14, 2018, Bishop Strickland tweeted: “As the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae approaches I join Archbishop Naumann in his teaching and pray that many bishops may join us in proclaiming this challenging and beautiful truth.” Naumann had just given an interview where he said using contraception is always evil. (Twitter)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Bishop Strickland told Our Sunday Visitor during a 2017 interview that the liturgy is the “foundation,” the “very core” of being Catholic. Strickland said the way Catholics pray shapes their faith, and can help them recognize the sacredness in the liturgy. It is critical that Catholics understand Christ is really present in the sacraments, especially in the consecrated bread and wine, he added. (Our Sunday Visitor)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Strickland serves on the episcopal advisory board of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, a grassroots organization founded in 2001 that promotes marriage prep, seminars and education cirriculum across the United States rooted in Theology of the Body. (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • In May 2017, Bishop Strickland published a 30-year educational plan for his diocese aimed at combating unbelief, indifference, and ignorance of the Catholic faith. The comprehensive plan establishes a wide-range of programs faithful to the Church’s teachings on marriage, catechesis, the liturgy, and evangelization. (Diocese of Tyler)